Enjoy a compact tablet that fits neatly in your pocket with this Acer Iconia One 8-inch tablet. It includes a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM that deliver powerful processing to play all your games and apps, and the 16GB of flash memory ensure this Acer Iconia One 8-inch tablet and store your files.
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8" LED-backlit LCD touch screen
With IPS technology, 1280 x 800 resolution and wide viewing angles up to 178° offers a display that';s large enough to provide a clear view of movies and shows and small enough to take on the go.
16GB internal storage plus microSD card slot
Plenty of space for music, movies, photos and more. Expand storage with a microSD card (sold separately).
The right combination of fast performance and power efficiency. It allows rapid multitasking, delivers smooth response and unleashes stunning graphics.
Dual HD cameras for photos and face-to-face chat
2.0MP front camera and 5.0MP rear camera.
Best Buy Customer Reviews
Posted by: bzma2 from: on
First of all, if you are realistic about what this tablet can do given the price point, you will find yourself to be quite pleased. You can't compare the Acer Iconia with say a tablet that a fruity company made that cost 5x the price of this one. You're not comparing Apple to Apple. No pun intended...
- Decent bright screen with IPS display
- Good battery life
- No capacitive keys on the outer screen (This is a huge plus, since we have another tablet that has 2 capacitive keys, and my toddler keep accidentally touching those keys while holding the tablet, and it would frustrate her)
- Good speaker
- It has kids mode
- Decent camera
- No auto brightness setting for screen
- Finding accessories for this tablet will be a tad harder. You will have to settle with generic accessories.
Having said this, if you're looking for a tablet just to watch Netflix, or YouTube and check your Facebook or bank account, even play simple games. This tablet will do all of that just fine. If you want to play more elaborate games, I don't think this tablet is for you.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Solid Budget Tablet
Posted by: jsisko76 from: on
I have been using this tablet for the past 48 hours. I have previously owned a Nexus 7 (1st gen) and an 8" Asus Zenpad. I measured this device against my experiences with those tablets.
Easy set-up. Was up and running and had the tablet updated with latest software within 10 minutes.
Affordable. If you are on a budget, this is a great choice if you are just looking for basic functionality.
Functional for most applications. I streamed content (Netflix, HBO Go) without a problem. Worked flawlessly.
I also used this tablet to stream content to my Chromecast. Worked great!
Resolution is not great, but sufficient. If this is your first tablet you might not even notice.
I had trouble running my favorite tablet game, Plants vs Zombies 2. It couldn't seem to handle the processing power needed and the game slowed down.
Overall, for the price, I would not hesitate to buy this tablet. It's a terrific option for a budget minded consumer.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: dustinw from: on
Very impressed with this tablet. Don't let it's size fool you. Not only has this handled every game and app I've thrown at it, but it's battery life has also been great. I've been using it off-and-on for the last three days and just now needing to charge it again. I've tried several modern games from the Google Play store, and it plays them very well. One thing I was a little turned off by at first was the lack of physical buttons on the front of the device. You swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the typical Android buttons. I found myself not missing them at all, with the exception of maybe turning on the tablet. Acer has a great answer though. Not only do you have the typical side power button that can turn on the device, but you can also use a gesture they've implemented and place five fingers on the screen to turn it on. Awesome. Also have to say a quick note about the back. I really like the feel of it. It feels and performs like a premium Android tablet. Really happy with this one.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Returned 2x and then bought new device
Posted by: Techno from: on
I normally do not do purchase reviews but I do read them. I wanted to convey that this tablet has great features and good size but the sound/speakers have MAJOR issues. The first time (right out of the box) I spent HOURS on the internet researching sound/speaker issues just to see if I was doing something wrong. I am pretty savvy when it comes to more simple devices so I knew there were only so many options. After reinstalling (possibly updating) the software, I gave up. When I put the devise down THE SOUND CAME ON FOR 2 SECONDS (to "Let It Go" of all songs on a YouTube channel). What seemed to be problem was the devise was not in tight of enough contact internally (so when you clamped the corner it worked but let go it wouldn't)!
If you are still reading it gets better...When I returned it Best Buy (with no hassle) I swapped it with another one (because I loved the tablet & features). They recommended I opened it in the store and test it and SURE ENOUGH that one HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. It was unfortunate but I really liked it.
I did buy the Lenovo - Tab 2 and love that! No issues with the Lenovo.
Hope this helps
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: WRITHE from: on
Screen is very responsive. Plays average games well as long as they aren't extremely resource heavy. Browsing the web, e-mail, and any app i tried all ran with no issue. Picture is not perfect but its still very clear, high end users won't be happy with it but everyone else should be happy with it. Video's, Movies,Tv etc, i had no issues playing either. The only major flaw is the sound. Problem #1 is its on the back of the tablet, second issues its only in one location so the sound isn't spread out evenly either, and even at max it doesn't get very loud. I would recommend anyone who gets this to get a cheap external speaker to use with it, and or headphones. Sound is fine with either option its the internal speaker that is lacking. Battery life is decent, depending on usage, and how much you have actively running in the background, you'll need to charge it every night to once every 3 days. I know that's a big range but i usually get around 10 hours out of it. Another issue there are a lot of apps you cant take off but you can disable / hide them. However this is common with many tablets. Cameras aren't great but they are typical for a low end tablet, they can take pictures they just wont be all that great. The sound issue or the cameras might be a dealbreaker for some but everything else works just fine. I use mine at home usually so setting a speaker on a table nearby if i want to use videos or if Im out id have headphones on wasn't a big enough of a flaw for me to return the device as everything else works great. As for the cameras i rarely use them. The storage you can expand with a micro SD card to 128GB. Its a good tablet, mainly aimed at, kids, retirees, beginners, and those on a budget. Its not a high end tablet but its decent especially for the price when on sale.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Screen keeps blacking out
Posted by: harrkev from: on
This thing is HORRIBLE. The screen keeps going black (but the back light is still on). I can tell that this appears to be a software issue since sometimes when the screen reappears, it looks for a fraction of a second to be what was on my screen several seconds BEFORE it went black. Yes, I am running the very latest system firmware, and yes, I have tried resetting the system to factory defaults several times. I have a minimal amount of software loaded on this tablet, and these are applications that I have used for several years on many other systems and never had any problem like this. I have been an Android user for years, and I actually help design computer chips for a living, so this is not a "stupid user error."
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great bang for the buck
Posted by: TforTiger from: on
Acer Iconia One 8 is my first Acer tablet. I have used iPad 1, 3, Air. Also, I have used Amazon Fire and HP Touchpad, so I am very familiar with what tablets are for, their basic functions and purpose. I know I can't compare Iconia One 8 with iPad 3 and iPad Air because there is no comparison. The newer generation of iPads are clearly the kings in this arena. However, not everyone can pay the premium price of the iPad. So, Acer will be the next best thing.
Acer Iconia One 8 is definitely better than Amazon Fire, HP Touchpad and other low priced tablets after I tested it for a week. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and it has a quad-core processor with 1GB of ram. The screen resolution is acceptable HD quality and the screen is beautiful for its 8" size. The touchscreen is very nice and sense accurate, I hardly make any touching mistake and the screen obeys to my commands 100% and it reacted pretty smooth and fast. This area is a lot better than Amazon Fire tablets for sure. Also, it is surprisingly light weight. I held my iphone 6 Plus and the Iconia in my hands and I feel they are about the same and my iphone 6 plus is 5.5" and Iconia is a 8". I held the Iconia watching Youtube and Netflix movies for 2 hours and it didn't feel any difference from holding my iphone 6 Plus. Not bad at all.
Acer put a few of its own apps on the Iconia and they are not that useful. A few of them are kids apps, so I guess they think that a 8" tablet is perfect for kids with small hands or parents will most likely get a small and cheaper tablets to their kids, which makes sense to them. I will not touch them myself, but they don't take up much space either.
Cameras on the Iconia are just ok, I wouldn't use it since I take most of my pictures with my iphone, but it is nice to have them when using Skype or google hangout for video chat. Microphone works pretty well, but the speaker isn't that great. I usually need to put it to the max to hear the voice better, but when it is up to the max, voice distorted a little. Not perfect, but acceptable.
This is just a 16GB tablet. I can install most of the useful apps from google play and half of the space is gone. So, if you are a movie and music lover, you will need to invest some extra cash for a big micro SD card. I inserted a cheap 16GB card and it works perfectly fine and I use it for music.
The looks of the Iconia One 8 is pretty slick and it looks more expensive than it actually is. Built quality feels solid, but I wouldn't drop it on hard floor since it is mostly plastic.
If people are looking for an entry level tablet with reasonable price tab that mainly for Youtube, Netflix, Skype, Facebook and common tasks on the go, then Iconia One 8 is a great fit. It works better than those smaller screen smartphones and it is easier to carry around than those full size tablets.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great budget/ family tablet
Posted by: Daniel from: on
This tablet is very good for the cost. There are some shortcomings that are to be expected, but the bang for the buck is definitely there.
Although the materials feel "plasitcy" and on the cheap end, the overall form factor is nice and light and can be held one-handed comfortably for a nice reading or video watching experience. If you are giving it to the kids, however, I recommend a case because it can feel a little slippery.
Android 5.1 runs smoothly on the quad core processor and battery life with moderate use was pretty good for me. There are also some since software features and a ton of other Acer applications that you may or may not use. I personally enjoy the EZ wake feature.
The camera, like most tablets is subpar and so is the speaker but neither outrageously so considering the price point.
Overall I think that this is a great tablet for the price point. If you want to get a tablet but don't want to pay top $ you will not be disappointed.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Decent Entry-Level Tablet, But Lacks Power
Posted by: ryanmcv from: Phoenix, AZ on
Full disclosure: I primarily use Apple devices (including iPads), so this was my first meaningful experience with an Android device. That being said, I was happy to give this a try to see just how capable a sub-$100 tablet could be. Bottom line: if you're in need of a powerful workhorse, look elsewhere. But for basic tasks and light gaming, this tablet might fit the bill.
- Nice, lightweight form factor makes the tablet easy to hold in one hand and is comfortable for long stretches of use.
- Easy setup, especially if you already have a Google or Gmail account.
- Decent screen. This isn't "retina" quality like modern iPads, but it has nice viewing angles and rich colors.
- The inclusion of a microSD card slot makes it easy to expand the storage space of this tablet and load music or videos.
- Decent battery life - should last most of the day with normal use.
- Performance is decent enough for light web browsing, email, e-books, music, videos, and light gaming.
- Performance pales in comparison to most modern tablets. Full websites (not the mobile-optimized versions) are slow to load and often glitch or judder as you scroll through them. Switching between apps and browser tabs forces content to reload. There is often a lag between tapping an item on the screen and the tablet finally responding. Larger apps like Microsoft Word take a long time to launch.
- Spotty Wi-Fi performance. Over the course of three days, the tablet lost its connection to my Wi-Fi network over 5 times. To fix this, I had to go into the Settings menu and manually reconnect to my network. I haven't had this issue with any of my other devices.
- Horrible -- and I mean HORRIBLE -- cameras. Seriously, please don't use this tablet as a primary camera. I couldn't get either the front- or rear-facing cameras to focus on anything. Pictures are blurry and pixelated.
- Awful speaker. If you're planning on using this tablet for music or videos, I would HIGHLY recommend using headphones. The speaker is muffled and tinny. It's placed such that your hand will cover it up while holding the tablet.
- Acer has included a bunch of bloatwear. While easily removed, it's still annoying.
- The charging/USB port is awkwardly placed at the top of the tablet, which makes the tablet difficult to use while a cable is plugged in.
Overall: If you're looking for a tablet for kids, or just need something basic to check email and use basic apps, give this one a look. The price-point is unbeatable, and this is certainly a great value. If you're looking to get any real work done, or if you're a power user who needs to multitask, then keep looking -- this one's not for you.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Budget Tablet: Surprisingly Worth Your Attention!
Posted by: Dragonhunter281 from: on
The Acer Iconia 8 tablet has been an exceptional product for the last two months. Its price tag, while often a detractor, is perfect for those who need something on a budget or those who do not need a lot of horsepower. It is perfectly suited for the most basic of tasks such as email or surfing the internet. For the price, the build quality actually felt pretty solid. However, I would like to caution though that if you are considering this tablet, or have done so, to please keep in mind this tablet is not designed to compete with more expensive choices. Therefore, to prevent disappointment I caution to keep expectations relatively reasonable.
Starting with the display, the 1200x800 IPS display was actually quite colorful. The color contrast was quite vibrant and I found text quite sharp and clear. Viewing angles were also excellent. I also ran a couple of HD videos that I made and they look fantastic, especially the one from a bluray source. Using VLC player, the 1080p playback was smooth and did not lag or skip. I also used the tablet to read PDFs for my online college course and it worked out quite comfortably. In addition to reading documents, the tablet's physical size facilitated this as you can hold it easily in one hand. Thus, web browsing would also amount to same comfortable experience. Furthermore, battery life seemed to be fairly good, with light to medium use. It could easily last for a day or longer. I was able to almost get a little more than two days out of it, but granted your life will vary depending on use. For charging, it took roughly two hours to get a full charge.
Aesthetically, the Acer Iconia One 8 was constructed quite well. The touch screen seemed quite durable and Acer did not seem to cut any corners; its responses are fairly on point. The plastic back might feel a little cheap to some people, but for me personally it did not really bother me. Additionally, the micro SD slot and micro USB are located at the top, as well as the 3.5mm headphone jack. I would like to add that having the micro USB on the top actually helped during reading sessions as it kept the cable away from me, but also prevented any tension imposed by the cable while in use. I did not have to worry about the male end of the micro USB snapping off inside the tablet's port.
For testing its audio capabilities, several have mentioned horrible sound or messed up speakers, though I did not have that issue. During my video tests, the sound came out quite clear, though as one would expect there was hardly any bass. At max volume, it did not sound good at all, but that was expected. For general listening, it does its job well, albeit headphones are recommended. In addition, for music playback I tested using my Kilpsch Status headphones and loaded it up with various FLAC files from my personal collection. Sound quality was actually fairly good; some of the bass oriented songs actually came through much better as opposed to the speaker. I also tested its Hi-Res playback using Jazz and Classical genres, with both files at 96 KHZ/24 Bit. These all sounded fairly decent and for a budget tablet I was surprised it handled it quite well. However, as one would expect, it could not produce all the subtle sounds associated with these types of files. Conclusively, one would be fairly content with the sound just as long as you aren't expecting a concert. Headphones produce the best fidelity overall, while the speakers are best left at low to medium volume.
Camera quality was not at all surprising, working best in very well lit environments or with lots of daylight. This was probably weakest aspect of the tablet itself, although you must consider that for the price, we were lucky to even get a camera in the first place, let alone two of them. Granted, most people would not be taking scenery shots with a tablet of this price, as most of its use would be focused on other tasks. As for picture quality, most of the pictures were fair, with most colors washed out. During the day, with the windows opened, pictures came out much better. In the end, the camera is a nice feature even if it is not up to par. Nonetheless, it would be enough to entertain kids, especially with certain applications that could modify pictures for a few laughs. Conclusively, I would say this is probably the weakest part of the tablet, though definitely not a deal breaker.
Conclusively, the Acer Iconia One 8 is an exceptional product at its price tag, and I have no doubt that it would meet the needs for someone who wanted to check their email, shop their wish list, or browse around on the internet. In addition, watching a couple of videos here and there would also be a pleasant experience. As caution previously, as long as your expectations are reasonable, there would be little to complain about. However, if you are easily disappointed, I would strongly advise to consider the higher priced tablets. I also would like to point out that the Acer Iconia 8 may also work well for kids to play games on, but performance here may be hindered by the 1GB of RAM. Although I did not test this personally, simple games should have no problem running on this tablet. Furthermore, if its primary use is to entertain kids, the price is extremely attractive as it would be easier to replace this tablet as oppose to more expensive alternatives if something were to happen. In the end, for a budget tablet the Acer Iconia One 8 fits the bill and most certainly your needs as long as you curve your expectations. For the price, I don't think you can beat it.